The Interior Design Society
The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an independent national organization that boasts a membership of more than 2,500 members. It is one of the nation’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry. The four core values that guide IDS are professionalism, community, influence and growth. Founded in 1973, the IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, NC, the world's home furnishings capital.
The 2020 IDS Charlotte Designer Charity Showhouse Event
IDS Charlotte President and IDS Showhouse Chairperson, Audrey Clawson, describes the inaugural Showhouse Endeavor in this way:
“The IDS Charlotte Designer Charity Showhouse Event is all-encompassing. This endeavor was born a couple of years ago with a vision and I believe we have progressed to a story about giving back to our community while moving ahead to showcasing the best in home design.”
In detailing the purpose of the Showhouse Event, Audrey explains, “These IDS Charlotte Designer Charity Showhouses, with their well-designed rooms, are created and exist in hopes that we might capture something essential about its contributors, our designers, vendors and builders, while benefiting the community through raising awareness of our charities and changing lives for the future betterment of society. If we do that and have fun doing it, then we have succeeded in reaching our goals.”
The 2020 Charlotte Designer Charity Showhouse Event Series
Three custom luxury homes are featured, located in The Preserve at Narrow Passage in Davidson, NC. Augusta Homes, Southern Cottage Distinctive Homes and Renovations–part of the Southern Living custom builder program–and Plattner Custom Builders are building the IDS Designer Showhouses.
Audrey notes the level of collaboration involved in hosting three Charity Showhouses: “It’s going to take a village (Audrey’s personal mantra) to have three successful Charity Showhouses. However, we have assembled a great team of over 90 volunteers and in doing so, we have created a synergy between the charities, builders, IDS sponsors, vendors, designer members, including IDS National, the Town of Davidson, the Charlotte community, etc. This synergy brings with it unique individual skill sets and interests to the Showhouse Event. The Designer Charity Showhouses will attract people from all around the region who have an interest in real estate, interior design, community and philanthropy. There is a collaborative spirit running through IDS Charlotte and it has created an unstoppable momentum.”
Audrey remarks that IDS is founded on a commitment to helping interior designers grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other and have a positive impact on their communities. This Showhouse Event is a tangible reflection of these goals.
All event proceeds from the 2020 Charlotte Designer Showhouse Event will benefit Motor Racing Outreach in conjunction with The Hendrick Family Foundation, The Dale Jr. Foundation and Operation Finally Home.
The 2020 IDS Charity Designer Showhouses will be open to visitors from March 14 through April 4, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Special ticketed events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will include a progressive luncheon sponsored by Queen City Audio Video Appliances with chef demonstrations and a garden and landscape tour with author Margot Shaw, a designer panel day featuring Charlotte’s top designers, a vendor day and evening champagne tours during the Taste of Davidson event with hors d’oeuvres catered by local restaurants.
To kick off the Showhouse Tours, IDS will celebrate with their Showhouse Organically Southern Supper Gala on March 13. The Gala will offer an opportunity for attendees to see all three showhouses before they open to the public. It will also feature celebrity guests, a live auction and silent auction, raffle ticket prizes, dinner and one drink included with your ticket.
To learn more about IDS and to order tickets for the Designer Showhouses, visit IDSCLTShowhouse.com today.